EMYSystem Species Page: Testudo horsfieldii
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Testudinidae (Tortoises)
SubfamilySubfamily Testudininae ()
GenusGenus Testudo (Palearctic Tortoises)
SpeciesSpecies Testudo horsfieldii (Central Asian Tortoise)
range of species Testudo horsfieldii
approximate range
Original Description Gray 1844 : 7
Type Locality "India, Affghanistan [sic]"; specifically "Kabul", according to Gray (1844:iv)
Holotype BMNH 1947.3.4.3
Original name Testudo horsfieldii
Common name Central Asian Tortoise
Distribution From the region of the Caspian Sea, eastward through Kazakhstan (USSR) to western Xinjiang, China (PRC), and southward to Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
Comments Subgenus Agrionemys. Reviewed by Smith (1931), Nikolsky (1915), Stubbs (in Swingland and Klemens, 1989), and Das (1991). The fact that this species hybridized with T. hermanni in captivity (Kirsche, 1984) suggests that the subgenera of Loveridge and Williams (1957) are invalid (see also Crumly, 1988, and Bour, 1988c).
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